April 2021 Blog
April 2021 Blog

Earth wouldn’t be Earth without rainforest.

Aerial of rainforest canopy in Cambodia

Rainforest is essential for all life on Earth. It stores carbon, releases water, homes wildlife, supports communities, produces oxygen and underpins economies.

As we celebrate Earth Day this April, read on to find just four of the hundreds of reasons why protecting rainforest is essential for us all to get behind, no matter where we live.

Carbon Storage

Carbon Storage

Tropical trees absorb carbon dioxide, storing it in their leaves, stems and roots. It’s why rainforest is more vital than ever for its essential role in tackling the climate crisis. In fact, Earth’s rainforests are capable of providing 23% of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed to make a difference before 2030. We need to work to keep them standing to do just that.

Water Releaser

Water Releaser

Rainforest is at the centre of the water cycle, circulating water vapour and feeding rivers that eventually take water back to the oceans. But while this powers life on Earth, it also means that as rainforests shrink, droughts increase. Evidence is already showing that forest loss in the tropics is already affecting crop growth worldwide.

Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife Habitat

The climate of rainforest is very hot and humid so a vast range of animals and plants have adapted to this climate over the years. Earth’s forests are as a result home to the vast majority of all biodiversity found on land. Amazingly, 80% of amphibian species, 75% of bird species and 68% of mammal species, along with 60% of all vascular plants are found in tropical forests.

People Supporting

People Supporting

50 million people live in rainforests, and 1 in 10 people globally rely on rainforest for their livelihoods. Hundreds of products we all use every day come from rainforest like medicines, bananas, chocolate and coffee. Many cultures are shaped by forest, from the tales told and traditions passed on, to inherited and essential ways of working with the land.

This year’s Earth Day theme is all about restoring our Earth. That life post-pandemic ensures that we don’t return to business-as-usual when it comes to our relationship with nature. We must learn the lessons from the past year, and remember that our strengths lie in working together on shared goals and remembering those least able to adapt in challenging times.

We have the solutions and knowledge to make a difference, we just need to keep the momentum going. Thanks to your support, we are confident that 2021 will be a year where we can reduce pressure on forest, change lives and continue to tackle the climate crisis.

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